The Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) kicked-off their 61st Annual Parade of Homes last weekend and out of 49 entries covering seven counties and the City of Richmond, Chester has the entry that won the WOW Award; a home that most impressed the judges with its WOW! Appeal because of the high performance features it delivers and the benefits it provides. Olde English Builders, with their entry in Ashton Dell off West Hundred Road, shined with their entry, the estate-like Heritage Pointe; a home that excels in energy efficiency, earth-friendly sustainability and use of durable and reliable products. The entry also won four out of five awards in their price category of $470,000 - $530,000. Listed at $529,000, the home took the awards of Best Bath, Best Kitchen, Best Curb Appeal and Gold. The home is also one of six entries listed as a High Performance Home.
On the Parade of Homes website, an HPH home was describes as “extremely efficient in its utility usage, saving its owner money month after month in utility bills. An HPH is also constructed with durable materials using sound construction techniques that prolong its useful life. The HPH is often built using recycled or reused material that otherwise would wind up in a landfill and also employs building practices that require fewer raw materials, both of which are friendlier to our planet. Energy efficiency may be achieved in many ways including the use of high performance equipment (e.g. heating and air conditioning units), installing insulation with higher thermal resistance, employing air sealing techniques to minimize infiltration, specifying Low-E windows and even adjusting the orientation of the home on the lot relative to the sun and prevailing winds.”
The 3,400 sq. ft. home features an open floor plan with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a custom kitchen with large center island. It is furnished for the tour.
William “Billy” J. Daniels, Jr., builder and partner with Olde English Builders, was surprised with the awards. This was the first ever entry for the company. “We didn’t try to put money in a single area,” he said. “We just wanted to build quality throughout.”
Daniels said they had over 80 visitors on Sunday, which was the first day of the tour. Several of the visitors were looking for builders. “To the people we talked to this weekend, many were interested in custom homes. We felt encouraged,” he said with the industry slowly returning.
There are four additional homes to tour in the Village News readership area. Emerson Builders, Inc., has an entry in The Highlands for $319,900 and won four awards in the unfinished category. They also have an entry in Meadowville Landing priced at $559,000. Ryan Homes has an entry in the Mount Blanco at Meadowville Landing priced at $323,990 and Liberty Homes, Inc. has an entry in Cascade Creek priced at $232,845.
The HBAR Parade of Homes is a free event and will continue over the next two weekends, Oct. 13, Oct 14, Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. From noon until 5 p.m. For map and detail information visit www.richmondparadeofhomes.com.